- From: jg pa dec com (Jim Gettys)
- To: rms gnu org
- Cc: jg pa dec com, n0made free fr, alan lxorguk ukuu org uk, linas linas org, veillard redhat com, on_the_net clear net nz, foundation-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: Questions
- Date: Tue, 4 Dec 2001 08:31:17 -0800 (PST)
> From: Richard Stallman <rms gnu org>
> Date: Tue, 4 Dec 2001 09:18:05 -0700 (MST)
> To: jg pa dec com
> Cc: jg pa dec com, n0made free fr, alan lxorguk ukuu org uk, linas linas org,
> veillard redhat com, on_the_net clear net nz,
> foundation-list gnome org
> Subject: Re: Questions
> And code I write will continue to bear an X copyright: I come down on
> Tim O'Reilly's side of freedom, and don't agree with your entire position.
> You are welcome to contribute to GNOME and other GNU packages even if
> you don't agree with the GNU philosophy. We have no difficulty using
> code that is covered by the X11 license (it is a license, not a kind
> of copyright). For instance, Emacs contains some X11-licensed files,
> and a few public-domain files.
And yes, it is a license enforced by copyright.
> If the GNU Project makes major changes or extensions to that code, we
> might put the changed version under the GNU GPL. Since you chose a
> license that gives permission for this, I trust you won't be too
> shocked if this happens. But as long as we make only small changes,
> we would leave the license unchanged so the tail won't wag the dog.
Never have had a problem with this: if people do significant work, it is
their intellectual property to do with as they wish. I do get upset when
people remove the X copyright, as some people do who do not understand
copyright law have done. Adding copyrights has always been fine.
Of course, most of my work is currently in the X server: we won't accept
GPL there under any circumstances, due to its "infectious" behavior.
Cambridge Research Laboratory
Compaq Computer Corporation
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